I’m so happy that spring is finally here! Of course, it means that the temperatures fluctuate wildly from one day to the next. I’m talking flip-flops on Wednesday, and the wool jacket the next day. All brought on by one heck of a hailstorm that woke me up in the middle of the night. (Didn’t seem to bother the dog, though!)
Simplest Form…Not So Simple!
It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve been crazy-busy working on new math resources (task cards, printables, foldables), as well as my usual history lessons. We just finished up studying how the Missouri Compromise of 1820 affected the statehood of good ol’ MO! Fractions, however, have been our concern in math lately, and that simplest form is really kicking our butt!
Formative Assessment x2
Recently I’ve started a new practice that I’m hoping will maximize our time spent taking assessments. I’m not a huge fan of taking away instructional time with tests, but that’s the trend (at least for now), and I want to make the most of those formative assessments. So….following today’s quiz (which I was able to score while the kids were gone to P.E.), when they returned, their papers were waiting for them on their desks. You can’t get much more immediate feedback than that! For every problem missed, students had not only to solve it correctly, but they also had to reflect on their error and write a brief explanation of why they had missed the problem in the first place.
Here’s the format:
- Correct Answer
- Why I Missed It
And here’s a photo of a student’s work from our latest assessment:
Will it magically prevent students from making these same mistakes again? I doubt it. I do know that one of my students who really struggles with math came up to me and said, “I get it now! I haven’t been writing the answer in simplest form!” I plan to build on that small step of progress and make the most of these formative assessments with frequent correction and reflection.